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Thursday, Sept 24
Anwar's wife in standoff at Malaysian police headquarters
AFP

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 23 (AFP) - The wife of detained former Malaysian deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim was involved in a one-hour standoff at the entrance to the federal police headquarters here Wednesday.

Wan Azizah Wan Ismail went to the headquarters to answer a summons to be questioned over a sedition investigation. She spent 90 minutes in the Bukit Aman headquarters after police had initially refused entry to her lawyers and security guards.

The 46-year-old mother of six spent an hour in a car at the gate with her daughter Nurul Izza and security guards.

Aides said Azizah wanted to be accompanied by her 18-year-old daughter and her lawyers.

A compromise was eventually found under which she entered in a police car but only with two lawyers. She made no comment as she was driven away from the building.

Azizah went earlier to the main court after hearing that her husband, who was detained last Sunday, might be produced. She said that after waiting an hour she was told by police he would not appear.

''I don't know how long it will take now,'' she told reporters.

''Under the present situation, I am not allowed to see my husband and my lawyers have not seen him.''

She had been summoned to appear at 2:00 p.m. at police headquarters but delayed it to go to the court when she heard Anwar might be there. ''I am anxious to see him,'' she said.

She faces a police investigation over an interview with a foreign television station in which she raised the possibility that Anwar would be injected with the HIV virus.

Senior police officers have said the statements were seditious.